As we all know, epilepsy is not just a health problem, people with epilepsy also have to cope with a wide range of difficulties that affect almost every aspect of their lives. Many of these difficulties are a consequence of misconceptions, prejudice and stigma.
It is estimated that there are 800,000 people with epilepsy in Colombia, but the number of people affected is tenfold, including family members and relatives. Thus it may be said that 20% of the population of Colombia to some degree suffers because of epilepsy.
Since 2010, the Latin American country has had a law against discrimination against people with epilepsy. The aims of the legislation are:
- To enhance public education on epilepsy, thus decreasing the fear and misconceptions about the disorder in Colombian society.
- To improve diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy by providing diagnostic facilities and modern antiepileptic medication.
- To eliminate discrimination and to improve access to education and employment for people with epilepsy, thus addressing the above mentioned difficulties.
Colombia is a world leader in the human rights of people with epilepsy
Due to this innovative law, Colombia is a world leader in the human rights of people with epilepsy. This is the major step forward in bringing people with epilepsy in Colombia “out of the shadows” at last.